Fighting Superbugs in the Phage Age

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1. Please provide a short summary of your research, project or technology.

Antibiotic resistance is officially recognised as a global emergency crisis by the World Health Organisation and we desperately need to find suitable alternatives to effectively treat bacterial disease. Viruses that infect bacteria are called bacteriophages, or ‘phage’ for short. Phage therapy is a cheap, efficient and natural alternative to antibiotic use in tackling bacterial infections. My research seeks to use phage therapy, in conjunction with synthetic biology, to treat pathogenic bacteria that form multi-drug resistant biofilms in a range of environments, including hospitals, industry and the natural environment. Synthetic biology is an exciting new field of scientific research that applies engineering principles to biology, using DNA as biological building blocks. My research will build a platform of synthetically engineered phages and their components for use in bacterial biofilm control. This is a newly-emerging field of research in Australia set to deliver novel discoveries and game-changing new technologies.

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Please see my TedX talk on the importance of viruses in the world's oceans:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDyt3jbCPPg

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Donna Kevins
11 months ago

Voted good luck Karen xxx

Frank Kevins
11 months ago

Viruses could be the answer to deal with infections. Exciting times ahead in proving their effectiveness, Keep up the good work Karen. xxxx

Laura Kahn
11 months ago

Voted! Keep up the good work! We need phage therapy!

Carolyn Luder
11 months ago

Good luck Karen x

Yui Sato
11 months ago

Viruses, the new frontier. Go Kazza!

Sheila Kevins
11 months ago

Best of luck Karen. Keep pushing the boundaries back, as we need new solutions for existing problems.

Frederic Pollock
11 months ago

Great work, Karen!

Louise Wilson
11 months ago

I saw a doco a while ago about phage therapy in Georgia and an article on the WHO report on the threat posed by antibiotic resistant bacteria. Research here seems vital.

Karen Weynberg
11 months ago

Thanks everyone for your support so far! It means a lot! Every vote for the viruses counts :-)

Sheila Weynberg
11 months ago

Good luck Karen x

Steven Trotter
11 months ago

is this how the world will be destroyed?

Christopher Weynberg
11 months ago

You go girl

Jess Courtney
11 months ago

Goodluck Karen! x

Oliver Rackham
11 months ago

You've got my vote Karen!

Sheree Yau
11 months ago

Hooray for viruses! Good work Karen!

Eliana Ruiz Martínez
11 months ago

Good luck! :)

Karen Weynberg
11 months ago

Thanks again for your support! Please spread the word! :-)

Simone Simpson
11 months ago

Go Karen, very proud of you xx

Allen Weynberg
11 months ago

PROUD OF YOU, GREAT RESEARCH. GREAT IDEA!!

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Karen is a CSIRO Future Science Fellow in Synthetic Biology based at UQ. She completed her PhD in virology at the University of Warwick and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, U.K., where she discovere...

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